School of Transnational Governance

Effective Migration Management: Putting Policy into Action


Date: 17-19 May 2021

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinators: Andrew Geddes (Migration Policy Centre, RSCAS, EUI), Leila Hadj-Abdou (EUI-STG), Giulio di Blasi (Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative at Refugee Hub)

Deadline: 17 April 2021

  Training Programme




This Executive Training is about developing and strengthening your migration management skills. It explores the different stages of migration management from managing evidence to decision making processes to implementation.

The training combines insights of migration theory and facts, with knowledge about challenges and opportunities arising from political processes, and practical perspectives that occur at the operational level. Participants will learn to develop and apply migration management approaches from the level of policy design to implementation, taking into account operational constraints and opportunities.


Who should attend?

  • Migration officers/civil servants working on migration and asylum policy
  • Political consultants working on migration management
  • Professionals working in international organizations and NGOs focusing on migration management
  • Journalists and communication professionals who want to learn more about migration in its different aspects
  • Individuals aiming to acquire migration management skills



How you will learn? 

  • Knowledge transfer sessions led by accomplished practitioners and academics 
  • Mixing theoretical approaches and practical examples in three different key areas of migration management
  • Interactive training sessions focusing on the analysis of migration, migration policy and implementation dynamics
  • Policy case-assignments, working on operational assignments
  • Peer-learning setting with professionals with different backgrounds and roles in migration management


What you will gain:

  • Develop the capacity to shift perspectives in order to apply a holistic approach to migration management
  • Understand dynamics of different policy pillars, and policy stages; and to identify interlinkages between these different migration policy pillars and stages
  • Understand and to incorporate insights about dynamics of migration and migration governance into policy design and practice
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of migration policy objectives, potentials and its limitations in order to put policy into action


Fees: 1300 €

10% reduction for early registrations by 28 March 2021.


Course Coordinators:

Andrew Geddes is a Professor of Migration Studies and the Director of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) of the EUI Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS). During his career, he has led and participated in a number of major projects on aspects of international migration working with a wide range of academic and non-academic partners. For the period 2014-19 he was awarded an Advanced Investigator Grant by the European Research Council for a project on the drivers of global migration governance (MIGPROSP project). He has published extensively on global migration, with a particular focus on policy-making and the politics of migration and on regional cooperation and integration.

Leila Hadj Abdou is based at the European University Institute (EUI) and the University ​of Vienna. At the University of Vienna, she is lecturer in Austrian politics & EU. At the EUI she is part time Research Fellow, responsible for the design and the delivering of training on international migration provided by the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) within the STG. Before that she worked on a European Research Council (ERC) project based at the MPC, exploring understandings of and approaches to international migration by key governance actors in four world regions. 

Giulio Di Blasi is the Europe Director of the Refugee Hub – GRSI, he spearheads the work to engage with European States and Institutions to expand sponsorship solutions across Europe. Before joining the GRSI team, he was the Member of the Cabinet of the High Representative / Vice-President for Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, responsible for migration and human rights issues. Prior he was Head of Team for the implementation of Hotspots in Italy and Greece at the Directorate General of Internal Affairs of the European Commission. He holds a M.A. in Conflict, Security and Development from the King's College of London.